A handful of nice Dog Tattoos photos I located:

A sign of the occasions: Mister Softee now has a telephone in his ear
Dog Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken Broadway, at 87th Street on the Upper West Side.

My family moved back east, from Omaha to suburban Extended Island, in 1956 — the identical year that the Mister Softee company was started in Philadelphia. As a teenage kid, I could hear the hypnotic jingle of the Mister Softee truck from miles away … or so it seemed. It drove my parents mad, and my dad threatened to get in touch with the police to have them arrested (on what grounds, I have no notion).

It turns out that Mister Softee operates all more than New York City (and in 15 states, with 600 trucks) and in NYC, they usually park at the same street corner, day soon after day. I do not know if their products have changed significantly over the years I suspect not.

But 1 point has changed, as you can see from this photo: the guy operating the Mister Softee truck now has a mobile telephone in his ear …

By the way, Wikipedia tells us that &quotthe jingle played by Mister Softee trucks is an instrumental based on ‘The Whistler and his Dog’ in 1960 by Les Waas. It is written in E-flat key with six/eight time. Nevertheless, a lot of of the trucks play a version that sounds practically as if it is transposed up a half step, in E main, even though nonetheless with the 6/eight time. In New York City, the trucks can only play the jingle whilst moving, to decrease noise. A copy of the sheet music and all the words can be identified on the Mister Softee website.&quot


This set of photos is based on a really simple concept: stroll each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To stay away from missing something, walk both sides of the street.

That’s all there is to it …

Of course, if you wanted to be much more ambitious, you could also stroll the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that is a lot more than I am prepared to commit to at this point, and I’ll leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, more adventurous photographers.

Oh, actually, there is one more small detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I actually focus on the 1st of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken far more than 8,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC where I traditionally take photos. So I do not count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot pictures, and hope that I will be able to make an objective selection of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve employed to pick the modest subset of each and every-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. First, I’ll upload any photo that I consider is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-pals will be, &quotI have no notion when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it really is genuinely a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third includes time. I am hoping that I will take some images that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who appears at it. Clearly, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Developing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I’ll uncover other, more unexpected examples. I hope that I’ll be in a position to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that’s not recognizable to somebody from yet another portion of the country, or yet another component of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may possibly be some pictures exactly where a &quotnon-local&quot viewer might say, &quotI had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so exciting/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing different shops, stores, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually seeking at the pictures about 5 years later, and being stunned by how significantly had changed. Small by tiny, retailer by shop, day by day, items change … and when you’ve been around as lengthy as I have, it’s even more amazing to go back and look at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did folks actually put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be looking at these each and every-block images 5 or ten years from now (and perhaps you will be, too), I am going to be carrying out my very best to capture scenes that convey the sense that they were taken in the year 2013 … or at least sometime in the decade of the 2010’s (I have no idea what we’re calling this decade however). Or possibly they’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years right after 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial instance of such a time-specific image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I will eventually choose that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/styles are yet another apparent example of a time-particular phenomenon and even even though I’m undoubtedly not a style expert, I suspected that I’ll be able to look at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did ladies truly wear those weird skirts that are brief in the front, and long in the back? Did everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

An additional example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that absolutely everyone has one, which surely wasn’t correct a decade ago and it appears that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious interest riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may possibly be going on (among other items, that tends to make it really effortless for me to photograph them with out their even noticing, particularly if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a telephone conversation). But I can not aid questioning whether or not this kind of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … specially if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one particular final point: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise details of every single day’s photo-walk. I will be updating it each and every day, and the most recent portion of my each and every-block journey will be marked in red, to differentiate it from all of the older segments of the journey, which will be shown in blue. You can see the map, and peek at it every single day to see exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

URL link to Ed’s each and every-block progress through Manhattan

If you have any ideas about areas that I ought to certainly visit to get some great photos, or if you’d like me to photograph you in your little corner of New York City, please let me know. You can send me a Flickr-mail message, or you can e-mail me directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

Remain tuned as the photo-walk continues, block by block …